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Navarro Wins Democratic Primary in MoCo Council Contest

Del. Benjamin F. Kramer picked up more votes than his rival Board of Education member Nancy Navarro in this morning's final absentee ballot count in Montgomery County, but it was not enough to close the gap between them.

With all votes counted from last week's special election, Navarro has won the Democratic nomination for an open seat on the County Council in District 4 by 62 votes.

"Our message of inclusion resonated with voters and expanded the base of the Democratic Party," Navarro said this afternoon, shortly after learning of the results.

Kramer did not immediately return a phone message and his campaign manager said he was not yet prepared to comment. Kramer has until Monday to request a recount.

Navarro will face Republican tax activisit Robin Ficker and Green Party candidate George Gluck in the May 19 general election.

By Ann Marimow  |  May 1, 2009; 1:32 PM ET
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Nancy, lets have a series of debates. You seem to have lots of special interest campaign contributions. Why is that? How do homeowners benefit from these special interest contributions?

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | May 1, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Nancy Navarro get a lot of money from pro-illegals.

As I look around Montgomery County, I see road systems that are falling apart, I see taxes raised through the roof.

And I see more and more of the budget going to support illegals and their anchor babies.

Meanwhile the people support the country are treated like dirt. As if our only contribution is to pay taxes to support lawbreakers and undesirables.

Why the Post doesn't comment on that is a real interesting question.

But hey, don't believe me. Go check this person's voting record on the school board. She shouldn't even be allowed to be in the county, much less be in charge of anything.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | May 1, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

During Navarro's term on the school board, Navarro made sure that there was plenty of funding for ESOL classes for anchor babies. And plenty of free food for illegals, all provided by the organization that she started, Centro Familia.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the county, students got new school buildings and other modernizations.

Back on Navarro's side of the county, schools continue to rot. Paint Branch High School is still on the waiting list for modernization. Gaithersburg High School is s dump. Learning shacks abound.

Heaven help the 4th district if Navarro becomes a councilmember.

Posted by: postisarag | May 1, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I am disgusted and ashamed of these Montgomery County residents speaking such hateful words (if they actually are residents). Referring to Ms. Navarro as "this person" and the profoundly offensive word used by FridayKnight (what an interesting name) totally crosses the line. You can disagree with a candidate's views without dehumanizing them. Certainly Skeptic1 and FridayKnight could learn a few things before posting more hateful words on this blog.

Posted by: rhymeswithtexas | May 1, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

And I am disgusted by you rhymeswithtexas. Not only are you stupid, but I largely suspect that you are ugly.

Posted by: FridayKnight | May 1, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the anti-immigrant and anti-union vitriole I've heard during this campaign. About time someone on the Council moved beyond the concerns of white yuppies.

--A middle-aged white yuppie

Posted by: Towards_Light | May 1, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Rednecks, go feed possums! LMAO!!!

Posted by: AllHail | May 1, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Elect Robin because that will keep him off these pages. He is a twit and MoCo needs a twit on the council.

Posted by: mortified469 | May 1, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Boys and Girls,

Go easy on Navarro. Kramer is not a saint either. By focusing on personalities you fail to see that Montgomery County has progressively lost its leadership position in the region. Blaming politicians and WaPo (though they both deserve it) will not slow down the socioeconomic decline of the county. For nearly half a century, Montgomery County has been essentially governed by a one-party system, and the Maryland legislature for over a century. In the long run, a one-party system has never worked for countries whose governments lack a loyal opposition, no matter how benign their control might be, and it will never work either for Montgomery County or Maryland.

There are two choices: vote with your feet and move to Fairfax, Frederick, Anne Arundel or Howard Counties or roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Our largess as taxpayers continue to feed a bloated bureaucracy. Our civic apathy and lack of participation in local elections (less than 10% of the voters elect the Mayors and city councils of Rockville and Gaithersburg) and the shameless promotion of the Democratic Party by Gazette and Metro WaPo reporters and editors are the main reasons Montgomery County has lost its preeminent position in the region.

Start your own online publication that looks at good government issues dispassionately; begin to identify solutions to chronic problems (both local and regional); identify and promote citizens of character and interest in public service who are motivated solely for the common good; place term limits on elected officials; and persuade the electorate that change is needed and needed now, and you will start a second, but peaceful revolution in the region.

That's what it takes, but whining alone does not make it happen.

Posted by: GoodAmerican | May 1, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I suspect most of the women defending Nancy Navarro have been kept by their husbands most of their life. They think they're doing a civic duty by allowing illegals to live in the county.

These illegals are like mice in a way... they seem really cute, but then you look in the pantry, they've gnawed into all the food and left little turds everywhere.

Then some softbrain says, "well, you can't rid of the mice, they're so cute!"

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | May 1, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Nancy Navarro continuously faces below-the-surface anti-Latina bigotry (as demonstrated by the comments from "skeptic1," "postisarag," and "Ombudsman1") makes her victory even more impressive.

Posted by: gllspl | May 2, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Ficker, If you do get to debate Ms. Navarro could you please ask her why she stopped signing contracts for MCPS purchases over $25,000 as required by law? As Board President, Ms. Navarro ignored the tens of millions of dollars that were being spent by Superintendent Weast without Board approval. Why?

Posted by: jzsartucci | May 2, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I'll bring it up; however, Nancy has not yet agreed to any joint appearances. The special interests funding her campaign are advising her to let their money do the talking for her.

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | May 3, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Ficker,

You claim to have recently moved to District 4. However, there is apparently no record of a home owned by a Ficker on the District 4 street you claim as your residence.

How can you claim to be a champion of District 4 homeowners if you don't even own a home in District 4 yourself?

Posted by: BamBamRubble | May 3, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

The homeowners of District 4 want somebody is fiscally responsible on the council. Nancy Navarro has never fit that description. Ben Kramer tried to. In the past 18 months Navarro, and the 8 present members of the council have supported, or at least not opposed, following:

13.5% property tax increase
10% energy tax increase
20% sales tax increase
52.6% state income tax increase
20% car tax increase
18% corporate tax increase
new speed camera tax
15 year high water bill increase
5 year high Metro fare increase

We sure don't need a 9th member of the council to give us a big property tax increase next year. And under the Ficker Amendment, which was opposed by Navarro, although it easily passed in District 4, one council member can block the property tax increase on its way next year. And block it I shall do.
If Nancy Navarro had been on the council this year, there would have been another big property tax increase this year because there would have been 9 members in favor of it, but there were only 8 council members because of the council vacancy. Under the Ficker Amendment 9 votes are needed to pass the property tax increase. Navarro will be the 9th vote. I shall not!

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | May 3, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Your lack of a direct response would lead to the conclusion that you are not a District 4 homeowner and your supposed residency is a sham.

The last thing District 4 needs is a carpetbagger on the council so focused on a single issue that the needs of the eastern part of the county are ignored.

Posted by: BamBamRubble | May 4, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Nancy Navarro, why don't yo0u post in your real name like Mr. Ficker does. Or do the Kramers call you bambam for all the lies you told about them?

Posted by: barbaraj1 | May 4, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

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